Graduation Requirements

Graduation from Messiah College's M.A. in Counseling Program requires:

  1. an overall minimum GPA of 3.0;
  2. successful completion of all of the course work for the chosen track;
  3. successful completion of the practicum and internship(s) experiences for the chosen track;
  4. successful completion of any personal remediation plan(s), and the recommendation of your academic advisor and the Counseling Program;
  5. completion of the National Counselor Exam (NCE);
  6. compliance with all other Messiah College policies for graduation;
  7. Students in the school counseling track must complete the PAPA & PRAXIS II exams prior to graduating and cannot be certified until they have passed both exams. (If you have previously taken Praxis I or have a teachign certification, please contact the Practicum & Internship Coordinator for more information about whether you need to take the PAPA); and
  8. attendance at one professional conference related to counseling while enrolled as a student at Messiah College (applies to students starting January 2012 and after).

* Please note that the requirement to complete an e-portfolio was removed effective summer 2013.  Any students graduating August 2013 or later are not required to complete an e-portfolio in order to graduate.

Graduation Checklist for Students